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Metzy's Cantina  
5 Boston Way
Newburyport, MA
(978) 255-7347

Metzy's Cantina  

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To Erik Metzdorf, there's just something about tacos. 


"Tacos are very interesting.  Really, when you pay attention to what you're putting into a tortilla, you can make amazing things happen."


So he's created a festive space where you can have tasty tacos, inventive apps, and a whole lot of fun and he's called it Metzy's.


Metzy's Cantina started as a food truck that became so popular, they had to open up a restaurant.  So Erik and his team set up shop inside an abandoned MBTA building- located on the Newburyport stop of the commuter rail and decked it out with high ceilings, hanging lights and a whole lot of Mexican inspired art. 


"We love this space; we've done a ton with it.  People come up to me on the street all the time and they say, "Oh, my gosh, I can't believe somebody finally did something with that building. Thank you, thank you, thank you". I get the "Thank you" all the time."


And once they lay their lips on some of the fare, they turn to Chef Anthony Leone with their thanks.  Because he's created a Mexican inspired menu with an American twist.  So you can find traditional starts to your meal like house made chips served with salsa and guac or the oh so cheesy Queso Fundido.  


"What's not to like about hot cheese with chips? It's our own blend and it comes out in a cast iron skillet; it looks nice. It's delicious, it's sharable, it's all those things."  


There are authentic Chicarrons and Nachos topped with black beans, jalapenos, pico de gallo, guac and sour cream.  But the key to this app, according to chef, is the layering of the cheese.  


"I think the cheese underneath the first row of chips is what makes an order of nachos proper. If you just pile the cheese on, you don't get the cheese on the bottom. You have to have full coverage of cheese, I think, to enjoy it." .


By far the most interesting of the appetizers has to be Metzy's Hush Puppies- an unexpected addition to this Mexican menu.   


"So they're black bean and sweet potato hush puppies rolled in panko and they're deep fried.  We top it with a little chipotle sour cream, too."

"We sell so many of them; they're such a popular thing. Again, it's not one of the most Mexican things, if you will, but people just order it and they just pop 'em all in their mouths. They go through 'em really quickly."


Since Tacos are the inspiration behind the place, you can be sure they offer everything from traditional fish tacos, fried in panko or a crispy fried pork belly version topped with a mango habenero salsa to inventive tacos like this one based on a Cuban Sandwich.  


"Cuban taco is one of the most original things that we have. It's braised pork in a corn tortilla with lettuce and pico de gallo, and we have a dijonnaise sauce that we make in-house. It's topped with a fried pickle, Swiss cheese, and ham, so it gives you that classic Cuban sandwich-type flavor in a taco. " 


Even the Steak Taco is out of the ordinary; served with lettuce, pico de gallo and chipotle sour cream and then garnished with a fried onion.   


"The topping of the fried onion ring was really just like, "How do you take something that's amazing and just make it better?" And that's what we did."


The burritos at Metzy's come in one size- GRANDE,and include fillings like panko crusted cod, pico de gallo, guacamole and spicy tartar sauce or this one overloaded with braised pork  


"Our pork burrito is our braised pork, which we cook for 12 hours in a special sauce that really makes it tender and really, really jumps out at you. In the burrito, there's guacamole, black beans, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, and our famous chipotle sour cream, all rolled up and heated. It's just a fantastic flavor. And it's big; it's very, very filling. That tender meat and all the toppings just make it really, really special."


Since they're always serving commuters, Metzy's offers a few items to grab and go at breakfast time.  There's a overstuffed chorizo burrito loaded up with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese and chipotle sour cream for a handheld way to start your day.

Or you can dig into their breakfast bowl.


"Basically it's a grab-and-go bowl where it's filled with scrambled eggs and spicy potatoes with peppers and cheese, and that's something they can go right on the train for and open it up and just use their fork and get it.   A marriage of all our flavors and the spices that we use for almost everything that really makes this a signature-type dish."


And whether it's grab and go at breakfast or stay and play for dinner, you're always going to have a fiesta at Metzy's cantina. 


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